Members enjoyed meeting up again for a social get together as a club for the first time since March 2020. Blessed with a gorgeous evening members were able to catch up with each other and relax in the shade with drinks and a fantastic supper.
Five members enjoyed a leisurely walk from Milnthorpe to Beetham and back through the beutiful Dallam Park on a gloriously sunny day. Coffee at Beetham nurseries made a pleasant interlude with time for a sociable get together Walking in Dallam Park Coffee at Beetham
Grange Soroptimists are taking part in the Scarecrow Festival organised by Greening Cartmel Peninsula to highlight ways to reduce energy usage. Our scarecrow masterminded by members of the Environment group depicts energy saving by Line drying washing rather than usimg a tumble dryer. She will sit in the Sensory Garden in Park Road Gardens until July 21st. Lots of other scarecrows showing other energy saving ideas are dotted throughout Grange and district. Line drying scarecrow with Chris and Jane Our Line drying Scarecrow
Five members enjoyed a scenic and sociable walk from Tarn Hows to Hawkshead and back via Rose Castle. We started in drizzle but then enjoyed some sunshine and beautiful views of the fells. We enjoyed historic buildings such as the 15 C courthouse and beautiful rhododendrons and azaleas in gardens we passed. The flora and fauna included a curlew, dipper, comfrey and orchids, It was apt that we walked with care across a field where curlews were nesting as we had heard from Susannah Bleakley of Morecambe Bay Partnership about the importance of protecting curlew nests. Starting in drizzle Walking with care across curlew nesting field Wansfell in the background
The Domestic Abuse Bill is now law! Members of SI Grange have lobbied the Ministry of Justice and their MPs re various changes including the successful addition of non fatal strangulation as a new offence. In particular, this Act will, amongst other things: 1. Create a new statutory definition of domestic abuse, emphasising that domestic abuse is not just physical violence, but can also be emotional, controlling or coercive, and economic abuse. 2. Establish in law the office of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner and set out the Commissioner’s functions and powers. 3. Clarify by restating in statute law the general proposition that a person may not consent to the infliction of serious harm and, by extension, is unable to consent to their own death (the so called “rough sex” defence). 4. Create a new offence of non-fatal strangulation or suffocation of another person. 5. Extend
Six members enjoyed a walk in glorious sunshine from Sedgwick, through Levens Park to Levens Hall and then along the route of the disused canal, and back along the River Kent. Views of snowy peaks were an unusual sight in May! We enjoyed coffee at Levens Hall, saw the Bagot goats, deer and beautiful wild flowers. The old canal bridges straddling the footpath and the quay at Sedgwick where gunpowder was loaded were a reminder we were walking along the route of the old canal. Anyone interested in finding out more about our activities or how to join please contact us
Susannah Bleakley from Morecambe Bay Partnership talking at Club meeting on Zoom The club was delighted to welcome Susannah Bleakley from the Morecambe Bay Partnership to speak at the club meeting. She spoke about the many activities of the organisation including cycle ways, education of the public particularly around birds , beach cleans and conservation. The work trying to protect curlews is very active at the moment as curlews are nesting currently and at risk in fields about to be cut for silage. Morecambe Bay has 50% of the UK curlews. Susannah thanked the Club for their support with beach cleans and urged us to help such as reporting possible curlew nests so that they can be protected.
Five members enjoyed a walk up Whitbarrow on April 21st, starting from Mill Side. We ascended through the woods enjoying the bluebells and clumps of primroses . The walk along the ridge to Lords Seat was blustery and the view slightly misty but it was most enjoyable. The return through the wall and down through the wooded valley to the cow shed was sheltered with primroses, a few cowslips and wood anenomes. We descended to Ransoms Farm and back to the car. An enjoyable 6 miles!
Club swimmers were unable to take part in the usual Swimathon raising funds for ShelterBox, so they formed a virtual team. Club members gave donations rather than their usual sponsorship and the total with Gift Aid was £578. ShelterBox provides essentials such as tents, cooking utensils, water purification kits and much more to families suffering natural or man made diasters all over the world. Club members have swum in the Swimathon for over 25 years and for ShelterBox since 2009 supplying over 10 ShelterBoxes which have been deployed all over the world including Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Japan. Women and girls tend to be most affected in disaster areas. This may be due to the direct effect of the disaster, or infections, sexual violence or human trafficking.